As 2019’s Worldwide Developer Conference came to an end on June 7th, Apple’s biggest event of the year left us with plenty of announcements, news and ideas to digest. It gave us insight into Apple’s next big plans, and allowed us to analyse its movements as it plans to ramp up its ever-increasing domination of the tech market.
What were some of the key announcements at WWDC 2019?
- New operating system iOS 13 is a big revamp from iOS 12. Apple has been working hard to make iOS 13 even more efficient than its current counterpart. Apps will launch two times faster, and face ID will work 30% faster. In addition, there will be an option to run a “dark” theme across the whole operating system. The ‘Photos’ app will also undergo a reshuffle, making it more intuitive to locate favourite memories.
- iPads will have their own operating system. In a move some consider overdue, Apple has named the iPad operating system ‘iPadOS’. Not only will performance be improved (think access to USB storage), giving the iPad its own operating system differentiates it further from the more popular iPhone.
- The new Mac Pro is set to take working devices by storm. With the Mac showing its age, the 2019 Mac Pro is set to hit the professional market with its 28-core Intel Xeon processor, and up to 1.5TB of 6-channel ECC system memory. In English - you’ll never find a task too difficult for the Mac Pro to process. We think it looks a bit like a cheese grater, which could be considered an upgrade from 2013’s edition that was widely thought to resemble a rubbish bin.
- Sign-in with Apple. According to Dan Moren writing for Macworld, this is one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of WWDC 2019. This update means that any app developer has to include ‘sign-in with Apple’ when integrating a 3rd party sign-in system. Apple has stated that it represents a more secure and private sign-in. At the same time, this move allows Apple to “make inroads into the single sign-on space”.
What does the WWDC 2019 mean for Apple’s future?
Apple’s announcements have yet again strengthened its position as a leader in the tech industry, and it does not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. The reason that some commentators consider news such as ‘Sign-in with Apple’ to be particularly significant, is that it increases their influence in more novel areas.
Naturally, casual fans and Apple users will be waiting each year to see what updates iOS will receive, and how much the newest gadget will cost. When taking a deeper look at the situation, it is developments like the above that mean the most, simply because it is an example of Apple looking to unify its influence across multiple areas.
Other recent developments spring to mind, such as the genesis of Apple Pay, Apple Card and Apple TV. It is rapidly looking to tighten its grip on other sectors such as finance, payment and entertainment.